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Win 10 Telemetry Article

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Another article on telemetry. Interested to read the opinion of the more experienced forum members and the opinion of the three tools mentioned. (Spybot Antibeacon, O&O Shutup, Wireshark) Credible idea or too much tin foil ?






If you ask me whether I'm worried about using Windows 10, my answer would be "no." I have dozens of Windows 10 installations here and I'm not in the least bit worried.

But despite such reassurances, there are a lot of people who are concerned by this, and the fact that Microsoft isn't willing to give concerned users an official way to opt out from data collection (which I think is a bad idea) is adding fuel to the flames. After all, as Bisson pointed out, we live in "justifiably paranoid times," where governments and social media sites are slurping up user data.

What's wrong with a little protection?

If you are worried about Windows 10 privacy, I suggest that you take matters into your own hands and install a tool that allows you to shut down all the different ways that your PC is communicating with Microsoft. Be aware though that doing this will result in some features no longer being available, since a number of Windows 10 features rely on having a connection to the cloud.
Be careful though. I've come across a number of "Windows 10 privacy tools" from unknown sources that do who knows what. Some tools actively display ads, and one even installs a third-party tool that displays ads in other applications. Talk about taking what is a non-issue and blowing it up into a real problem! No self-respecting privacy tool should install adware onto a system. Period.

I've tried a number of Windows 10 privacy tools and boiled them down to two.

The first is Spybot Anti-Beacon. This is a one-click solution (along with an undo button in case things don't go as you planned) from a known developer that's been in the privacy business since 2000.

Another tool that I like is O&O Shut Up 10. This one is particularly useful if you have multiple PCs because it doesn't need to be installed and can be run from a USB flash drive. O&O also offers a good explanation as to why Windows 10 needs to be able to communicate with the cloud.

As an example, Windows 10 can remind you to set off to the airport 30 minutes earlier due to traffic en route. In order to deliver this information to you, however, Windows 10 has to access your calendar entries, your mails (i.e. the airline confirmation email), your location and it has to have access to the internet to get traffic news."
I've tested both of these tools on a variety of systems and both utilities seem to do what it says it does on the tin, and nothing more.

If nothing else, they put you in charge of what happens to your data. If something stops working (or you break something) as a result of using these tools, well, that probably explains why Microsoft doesn't want you to have this sort of granular control over communications to and from your PC.

And if you're still worried, then fire up your PC, install Wireshark, and examine the packets yourself.
http://www.zdnet.com/article/worried...-back-control/

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Answer: Win 10 Telemetry Article

Windows 10 and telemetry: Time for a simple network analysis - Windows 10 Forums

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Another article on telemetry. Interested to read the opinion of the more experienced forum members and the opinion of the three tools mentioned. (Spybot Antibeacon, O&O Shutup, Wireshark) Credible idea or too much tin foil ?






If you ask me whether I'm worried about using Windows 10, my answer would be "no." I have dozens of Windows 10 installations here and I'm not in the least bit worried.

But despite such reassurances, there are a lot of people who are concerned by this, and the fact that Microsoft isn't willing to give concerned users an official way to opt out from data collection (which I think is a bad idea) is adding fuel to the flames. After all, as Bisson pointed out, we live in "justifiably paranoid times," where governments and social media sites are slurping up user data.

What's wrong with a little protection?

If you are worried about Windows 10 privacy, I suggest that you take matters into your own hands and install a tool that allows you to shut down all the different ways that your PC is communicating with Microsoft. Be aware though that doing this will result in some features no longer being available, since a number of Windows 10 features rely on having a connection to the cloud.
Be careful though. I've come across a number of "Windows 10 privacy tools" from unknown sources that do who knows what. Some tools actively display ads, and one even installs a third-party tool that displays ads ... Read more

Answer:Win 10 Telemetry Article

Windows 10 and telemetry: Time for a simple network analysis - Windows 10 Forums

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Hi All,
Like Office telemetry, I want to implement Windows Telemetry in my organization where I want to collect all the windows telemetry data into our local database.
Please let us know the steps which need to be performed to implement this.

Many Thanks,
Chandan

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Hi,
 
I was reading a security article on the Emsisoft web site, and in one of the comments at the end of the article, a person made a statement about Windows 10-type telemetry (i.e., Microsoft "spyware") being incorporated in updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8. Is there any truth to this or is it just a conspiracy theory? If it is true, is there a way to disable it?
 
Thanx.

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I've seen Cliff's posting in Windows 8 forum, about how to avoid telemetry in Windows. After checking my Windows 8.1, there were three of the patches for telemetry/upgrade preparation installed from the list. A quick check on Windows 7 showed six of the patches installed, all marked as "important".

My guess is that Windows 8.1 has some of the telemetry already incorporated in the OS, that would explain why there are "only" three of the telemetry patches.

Some people, including myself, using the telemetry "feature" among other things in Windows 10 for not updating their previous Windows versions. Little did we know that Microsoft had retrofitted Windows 7, and 8.x with the telemetry "feature". That's just awesome... Not!!!

Answer:Telemetry for Windows 7...

Well know for some time
How to remove Windows 10 upgrade updates in Windows 7 and 8

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Question: Win10 Telemetry

Good article from ZDNet.





I want to make it clear that I'm in no way suggesting that Microsoft is doing anything nefarious with telemetry data. The crackpot theories that it's a data backdoor and Microsoft is handing that data to the NSA/FBI/saucer people are just that -- crackpot theories. But Microsoft does need to appreciate and accept that not a week goes by where there isn't some data horror story in the headlines, and that makes people understandably nervous

Getting out of this mess is easy. Here are three simple steps for Microsoft:

Wind back the ego a few notches. Just because a system is running Windows 10 shouldn't mean that Microsoft feels it is entitled to end user telemetry. Period. Remember whose computer it is. Never lose sight of that.Build an off switch for the telemetry. This shouldn't be hard to do. Put the decision as to whether telemetry data is sent back to the Microsoft mothership in the hands of the user.Quit it with the heavy-handedness. What is it with all the "mandatory" stuff in Windows 10? Sheesh



http://www.zdnet.com/article/microso...on-off-switch/

Answer:Win10 Telemetry

Good article until the spybot antibeacon promotion - the same piece of crap as all the others.

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Hi, Does anyone have a comprehensive list of all the telemetry & gwx updates for Windows 7?

Answer:Telemetry & GWX Updates

Hi:

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Question: Win10 Telemetry

Good article from ZDNet.





I want to make it clear that I'm in no way suggesting that Microsoft is doing anything nefarious with telemetry data. The crackpot theories that it's a data backdoor and Microsoft is handing that data to the NSA/FBI/saucer people are just that -- crackpot theories. But Microsoft does need to appreciate and accept that not a week goes by where there isn't some data horror story in the headlines, and that makes people understandably nervous

Getting out of this mess is easy. Here are three simple steps for Microsoft:

Wind back the ego a few notches. Just because a system is running Windows 10 shouldn't mean that Microsoft feels it is entitled to end user telemetry. Period. Remember whose computer it is. Never lose sight of that.Build an off switch for the telemetry. This shouldn't be hard to do. Put the decision as to whether telemetry data is sent back to the Microsoft mothership in the hands of the user.Quit it with the heavy-handedness. What is it with all the "mandatory" stuff in Windows 10? Sheesh



http://www.zdnet.com/article/microso...on-off-switch/

Answer:Win10 Telemetry

Good article until the spybot antibeacon promotion - the same piece of crap as all the others.

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Hi, Does anyone have a comprehensive list of all the telemetry & gwx updates for Windows 7?
 
I'm trying to find all the updates so I can remove them, I've come across a few lists but I have no idea how detailed or up to date they are.
 
If someone could link me to somewhere that lists them all I'd be very grateful.
 
Thanks!

Answer:Telemetry & GWX Updates

Hi:
 
Not sure about the telemetry stuff (most of which is overblown tinfoil-hat FUD), but the free Win10 offer ended ~2 months ago, so there's nothing to fear about that any longer.
 
There is an optional MS update to remove the GWX software from Windows 7:
 
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3184143
 
Cheers,
 
MM

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how do I disable telemetry in windows 10
 

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I've read that various updates to Windows 7 enable telemetry. I'd like to know what level of telemetry this is. According to this Microsoft page, there are 3 options for telemetry in Windows 10: Basic, Enhanced, and Full.

Does anyone know what level of telemetry is enabled in Windows 7 - is it Basic, Enhanced, or Full? If it's Basic, then maybe I can live with that, and not bother trying to uninstall a bunch of updates.

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I have gone through seemingly endless forums and posts about getting Microsoft out of my data and it seems that nothing is a true solution - by the time the computer starts up again, it is back to factory "steal my data" settings.

I consult on a wide range of projects, and as such, I am in charge of a large amount of confidential information. Security settings and crash reports should be at my choice.

Is there any way whatsoever to set my computer from Win7-Win10 to not send any information out to Microsoft.

I understand that there is a "Limited" amount of data being sent when set to "basic" however, the interpretation of the user agreement by various organizations and firms is variable to what that actually means. Due to the vagueness of the agreement the Microsoft group has chosen to put out there, i am not comfortable with what I have and will continue to need to do on my PC with Windows 10 doing what can only be described as nosily tracking me.

Thanks

Answer:Windows 10 Pro Telemetry - Disable

Hi, two free programs have been designed aimed at changing settings to minimise reporting:
O&O shutup
Spybot Anti-beacon

These only change settings you can change manually.

Note one side-effect of changing some of the privacy settings is you may find a red message
'Some settings are managed by your organisation'
which is confusing and some find disconcerting.
(E.g. when in Settings, Privacy, General)

Sometimes this also means you come across a feature or setting that no longer works.

However these programs also have the means to change things back to default, so are relatively safe.

I would suggest
a. Turn system restore on (it's off by default in Win 10)
b. set a restore point before using them (they may prompt for this anyway, I can't recall)
c. don't change all settings at once; change some, check everything's ok for a while, then continue.

Note much has been written about the significance of non-personal reporting to MS, as you will be aware.

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I have gone through seemingly endless forums and posts about getting Microsoft out of my data and it seems that nothing is a true solution - by the time the computer starts up again, it is back to factory "steal my data" settings.

I consult on a wide range of projects, and as such, I am in charge of a large amount of confidential information. Security settings and crash reports should be at my choice.

Is there any way whatsoever to set my computer from Win7-Win10 to not send any information out to Microsoft.

I understand that there is a "Limited" amount of data being sent when set to "basic" however, the interpretation of the user agreement by various organizations and firms is variable to what that actually means. Due to the vagueness of the agreement the Microsoft group has chosen to put out there, i am not comfortable with what I have and will continue to need to do on my PC with Windows 10 doing what can only be described as nosily tracking me.

Thanks

Answer:Windows 10 Pro Telemetry - Disable

Hi, two free programs have been designed aimed at changing settings to minimise reporting:
O&O shutup
Spybot Anti-beacon

These only change settings you can change manually.

Note one side-effect of changing some of the privacy settings is you may find a red message
'Some settings are managed by your organisation'
which is confusing and some find disconcerting.
(E.g. when in Settings, Privacy, General)

Sometimes this also means you come across a feature or setting that no longer works.

However these programs also have the means to change things back to default, so are relatively safe.

I would suggest
a. Turn system restore on (it's off by default in Win 10)
b. set a restore point before using them (they may prompt for this anyway, I can't recall)
c. don't change all settings at once; change some, check everything's ok for a while, then continue.

Note much has been written about the significance of non-personal reporting to MS, as you will be aware.

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I have read the notes on how to disable the option of sending telemetry data to MS. Is there however a way for me to access that information? There is a plethora of information gathered as part of this process that would be good for my own analysis. Is this
data available through the ATA interface, an API or direct access to the DB?
Thank you

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What's the most through and safest way to disable Windows 10 telemetry?

Answer:Disable Windows 10 Telemetry?

The safest way is to go through your privacy settings and Cortana & Search settings and set them up as you see fit.  I did this upon installing Windows 10 and that's all I did and most of the things people are complaining about, e.g., ads on the start menu, simply do not happen if you've tweaked the appropriate setting or settings (e.g., the "Let apps use my advertising ID" in general privacy settings for the prior example) to your liking.  It's not difficult nor is it particularly time consuming.  One can run through all the Privacy and Cortana settings in less than 15 minutes, tops.
 
I don't encourage anyone to turn off the system health telemetry, period.  All major OS developers have this sort of telemetry, and it's very helpful for catching "bad updates" on those occasions where they occur before they've been rolled out to the entire world and for improving little bits and pieces of the OS.  If you're really desperate to do that Spybot Anti-Beacon is probably your best choice.  Note well that this kind of telemetry is not new, not by a long shot, and has served its legitimate purpose for a long time now.  The telemetry related to building a personal profile on you for use by the Cortana personal digital assistant functionality is entirely new, and can be entirely turned off via a couple of switches.  If you had been using the Cortana PDA functionality and want to purge all "cloud memory" regarding yourself the links to do... Read more

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Hello, I have a question about Windows Updates and Telemetry.

Really, I have a question about the trustworthiness of this website: http://www.askvg.com/tip-disable-telemetry-and-data-collection-on-windows-7-and-8/

I have followed the tips there for disabling telemetry and CEIP in Windows 7, except I did not edit my Registry.

My question is, should I trust the list of Windows Updates to uninstall/not install? Some of them, I have seen red-flagged on another website, which people here told me was a reliable website. Other updates, that I don't recall seeing flagged before, are:

KB2976978
KB3044374
KB3050267
KB3058168
KB3064683
KB3065988
KB3072318
KB3083711
KB3083325
KB3112343
 

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Microsoft is taking action. It has decided to release updates “later this year” which will enable users to fully control all background telemetry and data tracking and, if desired, disable it completely. Microsoft also asked me to stress that disabling these background operations is something it would “strongly recommend against”.Click to expand...

http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonk...mpaign=yahootix&partner=yahootix#1312b6a39743
 

Answer:MicrosoftÂ’s telemetry U-turn?

I'll believe it when I see it
 

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I have gone through seemingly endless forums and posts about getting Microsoft out of my data and it seems that nothing is a true solution - by the time the computer starts up again, it is back to factory "steal my data" settings.

I consult on a wide range of projects, and as such, I am in charge of a large amount of confidential information. Security settings and crash reports should be at my choice.

Is there any way whatsoever to set my computer from Win7-Win10 to not send any information out to Microsoft.

I understand that there is a "Limited" amount of data being sent when set to "basic" however, the interpretation of the user agreement by various organizations and firms is variable to what that actually means. Due to the vagueness of the agreement the Microsoft group has chosen to put out there, i am not comfortable with what I have and will continue to need to do on my PC with Windows 10 doing what can only be described as nosily tracking me.

Thanks

Answer:Windows 10 Pro Telemetry - Disable

Hi, two free programs have been designed aimed at changing settings to minimise reporting:
O&O shutup
Spybot Anti-beacon

These only change settings you can change manually.

Note one side-effect of changing some of the privacy settings is you may find a red message
'Some settings are managed by your organisation'
which is confusing and some find disconcerting.
(E.g. when in Settings, Privacy, General)

Sometimes this also means you come across a feature or setting that no longer works.

However these programs also have the means to change things back to default, so are relatively safe.

I would suggest
a. Turn system restore on (it's off by default in Win 10)
b. set a restore point before using them (they may prompt for this anyway, I can't recall)
c. don't change all settings at once; change some, check everything's ok for a while, then continue.

Note much has been written about the significance of non-personal reporting to MS, as you will be aware.

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Is there something that I can install on Win10 to see if it is still 'phoning home'? I have done various tweaks to limit/stop the spying but I would like to know if I have stopped it all.
 

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I've got Win10 Pro so I used GPEdit to disable her in the policies, but Cortana is still in the background processes.
When I had Wiin10 HOme, I would physically rename the SearchUI folder in the WIndows dir. But that had its drawbacks.
Now I have Win10 Pro Creators.

Is there a 3rd party app that totally shuts Cortana down and limits telemetry? Wahts the best way of terminating Cortana these days?
(I know with major updates she comes back.. : ( )

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As per Gordon Kelly,Microsoft has decided to allow users to completely disable telemetry in a future update (later this year) as I see it,this is pretty big news! will Microsoft stick to their word? time will tell... http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonke.../#16deb9603974

Answer:Microsoft will allow users to disable telemetry

Sounded good until I read this:






Other important takeaways from Microsoft?s telemetry U-turn? While it may change in future, for now full control over telemetry is currently only being brought to Windows 10 Enterprise. This means users of Windows 10 Home and Pro, typically consumers and small businesses respectively, will still need to cede control.

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"win10 is a masterpiece of data collection" (telemetry). could be argued as spying

SpyBot Anti Beacon is a utility that can reliably turn off Win10's unwelcome behaviour.

its a freebie and the main program window has four tabs for four different functions or info screens. best to have all the entries to be green, that is all the spying turned off. clicking the Immunize button at the bottom of the page, is the way to go. then tab two, etc. also available as a portable version
https://www.safer-networking.org/spybot-anti-beacon/
 

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As per Gordon Kelly,Microsoft has decided to allow users to completely disable telemetry in a future update (later this year) as I see it,this is pretty big news! will Microsoft stick to their word? time will tell... http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonke.../#16deb9603974

Answer:Microsoft will allow users to disable telemetry

Sounded good until I read this:






Other important takeaways from Microsoft?s telemetry U-turn? While it may change in future, for now full control over telemetry is currently only being brought to Windows 10 Enterprise. This means users of Windows 10 Home and Pro, typically consumers and small businesses respectively, will still need to cede control.

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This topic it may have been discussed somewhere in tenforums, if so please redirect me.

I decided to use Windows Defender (WD) and SmartScreen (SS) as AV. I would like to tweak its settings to avoid telemetry as far as it does not reduce the effectiveness of its protections.
Do I need to send cloud telemetry?
I understand that Disabling SS will lower the protection but I read that SS send a lot of things and it is of a privacy concern for many.
Does SS have access to the browsing history and surfing habit of the user? Does it send details of apps, files, TV series and the like the user watch or download?
With the upcoming W10 fall upgrade WD will be greatly enhanced with a number of new features. I suspect more telemetry too.

I'll much appreciate any thought, suggestion and insight how to find a balance between security and privacy.

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I guess this is not a new question and apologise in advance if I am repeating it but I failed to unearth anything helpful through Search:
I upgraded my laptop to Windows 10 one month ago. Reliability Monitor, which I run every day, has advised me three times since May 22nd that Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry stopped working. The application name is CompatTelRunner.exe at C:\Windows\System32.
1. What causes it to execute and how often might that be - are the three times so far likely to be its total attempts?
2. Other than suffering its periodic appearance (I am comforted by a straight line 10 in Reliability Monitor), I wonder if there is a simple solution to this matter?

Answer:Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry AppCrash

Hi Bob,
I have the same problem. CompatTelRunner.exe crashes everyday the tablet is on. The last time it happened was a few minutes ago. Problem reporting always says "No new solutions found. When solutions are available, they will appear in Security and Maintenance."
I have reinstalled Windows from scratch several weeks ago, but it did not make a difference.

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Microsoft collects Windows diagnostic data to keep Windows up-to-date, secure, and operating properly. It also helps us improve Windows and, for users who have turned on ?tailored experiences?, can be used to provide relevant tips and recommendations to tailor Microsoft products to the user?s needs. This article describes all types diagnostic data collected by Windows at the Full telemetry level (inclusive of data collected at Basic), with comprehensive examples of data we collect per each type. For additional, detailed technical descriptions of Basic data items, see Windows 10, version 1703 Basic level diagnostic events and fields.

The data covered in this article is grouped into the following categories:
Common Data (diagnostic header information)
Device, Connectivity, and Configuration data
Product and Service Usage data
Product and Service Performance data
Software Setup and Inventory data
Content Consumption data
Browsing, Search and Query data
Inking, Typing, and Speech Utterance data
Licensing and Purchase data
Click to expand...

More details on the link.
 

Answer:Creators Update Telemetry List

No content-based targeting. We take steps to avoid and minimize the collection of customer content, such as the content of files, chats, or emails, through the Windows telemetry system. Customer content inadvertently collected is kept confidential and not used for user targeting.Click to expand...

... reassuring for sure ...

To completely disable Windows Telemetry:
Manage Windows 10 Telemetry and Data Collection settings

The above article has a link at the bottom where you can customize individual settings if you do not want to disable it entirely:
Manage connections from Windows operating system components to Microsoft services (Windows 10)
 

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Is there a registry setting that would disable telemetry to Microsoft - - without creating "Some settings are managed by your organization" problem?

Answer:Registry setting to disable telemetry

It might be easier and safer if you used one of the miriad of programs that are available for free. You could try this one and see what you think.

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In my windows 8.1 laptop I find the following folder
C:\Windows\AppCompat\Appraiser\Telemetry
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*I am concerned about this 'telemetry'. What is this about?

I work entirely on the desktop and don't use the metro app side. Do I need this?

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I did a search of my hard-drive today looking for files which had been modified today (by searching for datemodified:today), I do this sometimes, anyway, one of the things which came up was a file called Microsoft-Windows-Application-Experience%4Program-Telemetry.evtx . I wondered what this was so took a look at it, it opens a thing in event viewer which then shows within it a list of "information" events (that is events classed as "information" rather than "error"s or "critical" bugs). The "source" for ALL these events is "Application-Experience", their dates and times go right back to when the computer was new. They all have "general" descriptions reading :"Compatibility fix applied to C:\[path of an exe file]Fix information:[program name], {[code of numbers and letters with some dashes separating them]}, 0X{some other number]"The "details" "xml view" then shows some more information including precise times, "event IDs", "threadIDs", the "name" of my computer, a "channel", a "security userID", a "processID", a "fixID", a start time, "flags", the file's path and two microsoft URLs.It doesn't do this for every program but there are a lot for ms office programs, a lot for 7z and there seems to be one for every time I run vlc media player akong with a few relating to avast antivirus. What is this log about, is this just data being collected or is it being sent to microsoft? I am pretty sure that the customer experience improvement program is disabled on this machine, so is this... Read more

Answer:How much telemetry is collected by windows 8.1? something odd I noticed

CEIP has been around for years and only collects data about Microsoft products and some third party apps that connect with Microsoft products.  It has no user identifiable information in it.  You can opt out though it appears the data is still collected just in case you ever opt in.  Since June it seems like several of the updates have enabled privacy settings that were initially not allowed by the user so you need to check any settings you set limiting what Microsoft has access to.
 
It is interesting to note that Microsoft in update KB3080149 included the statement "Reduces the network connections on a Windows system that doesn’t participate in the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP)."
So by not participating you are being 'punished'.
 
There are other updates that add telelmetry to consent.exe and also add additional diagnostic and telemetry data collection.  They say they are just collecting metadata, which is the same data the NSA claims to be collecting.  The question is does using the same term mean the same thing.  Privacy in Windows today is questionable.

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Windows Telemetry Center is a rogue security software which will report that malware has been detected on your computer in an attempt to scare you into buying this malicious software.
In reality, none of the reported issues are real, and are only used to scare you into buying Windows Telemetry Center and stealing your personal financial information.

As part of its self-defense mechanism,Windows Telemetry Center has installed a rootkit on your computer,which will disable the Windows Task Manager and will block you from running any program that could lead to its removal.

Windows Telemetry Center is a scam and you should ignore any alerts that this malicious software might generate.
Under no circumstance should you buy this rogue security software as this could lead to identity theft,and if you have, you should contact your credit card company and dispute the charge stating that the program is a scam and a computer virus.
Removal instructions for Windows Telemetry Center virus​This is a self-help guide, use at your own risk.
If you experience problems completing this guide, or the problem persists after following the instructions below or would like to have one of our staff members guide you through the process, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.
STEP 1 : Start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking

Remove all floppy disks, CDs, and DVDs from your computer, and then restart your computer.

Press and hold the F8 key as your computer re... Read more

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Greetings pacoagc and to BleepingComputer's Virus/Trojan/Spyware/Malware Removal forum.My name is Oh My! and I am here to help you! Now that we are "friends" please call me Gary.If you would allow me to call you by your first name I would prefer to do that. ===================================================Ground Rules:First, I would like to inform you that most of us here at Bleeping Computer offer our expert assistance out of the goodness of our hearts. Please try to match our commitment to you with your patience toward us. If this was easy we would never have met. Please do not run any tools or take any steps other than those I will provide for you while we work on your computer together. I need to be certain about the state of your computer in order to provide appropriate and effective steps for you to take. Most often "well intentioned" (and usually panic driven!) independent efforts can make things much worse for both of us. If at any point you would prefer to take your own steps please let me know, I will not be offended. I would be happy to focus on the many others who are waiting in line for assistance.Please perform all steps in the order they are listed in each set of instructions. Some steps may be a bit complicated. If things are not clear, be sure to stop and let me know. We need to work on this together with confidence.Please copy and paste all logs into your post unless directed otherwise. Please do not re-run any programs I suggest. If you encounter proble... Read more

Answer:Help hardrive no more space file Telemetry

Thank you in advance Gary, i did all you told me, if i made a mistake, please tell me, and i will still use utorrent, i havent had any problem with it, until now
Fixlog
Fix result of Farbar Recovery Tool (FRST written by Farbar) (x64) Version: 13-04-2015
Ran by FranciscoAdrian at 2015-04-14 01:19:22 Run:1
Running from C:\Users\FranciscoAdrian\Desktop
Loaded Profiles: FranciscoAdrian (Available profiles: FranciscoAdrian & Invitado)
Boot Mode: Normal
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Content of fixlist:
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HKU\S-1-5-21-1249880946-500993554-1577037575-1001\...\MountPoints2: {1e1ff773-523a-11e4-bf19-e89a8f1822eb} - "F:\LaunchU3.exe" -a
HKU\S-1-5-21-1249880946-500993554-1577037575-1001\...\MountPoints2: {b9e73054-0bfb-11e3-bebb-e89a8f1822eb} - "E:\setup.exe" 
HKU\S-1-5-21-1249880946-500993554-1577037575-1001\...\MountPoints2: {d7197630-b3f9-11e4-bf3c-e89a8f1822eb} - "F:\InstalarOffice.bat" 
HKU\S-1-5-21-1249880946-500993554-1577037575-1001\...\MountPoints2: {dc08c7dc-815b-11e3-bedc-e89a8f1822eb} - "E:\setup.exe" 
BHO: Hotspot Shield Class -> {F9E4A054-E9B1-4BC3-83A3-76A1AE736170} ->  No File
S3 cpuz136; \??\C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\cpuz136\cpuz136_x64.sys [X]
S3 EagleX64; \??\C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\EagleX64.sys [X]
S3 GPUZ; \??\C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\GPUZ.sys [X]
S3 NPF; system32\drivers\NPF.sys [X]
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https://arstechnica.com/information...metry-tells-us-most-of-what-data-it-collects/

Interesting article. I wonder if its because of all the backlash against Windows 10.
 

Answer:Microsoft being more transparent with telemetry data use.

This won't win over the hardcore Windows 10 haters though (and you know who you are LOL). Those people want every scrap of telemetry data to be revealed. We all know what the chances of that are. Some will see this as a start. Notice I didn't say "good" start.

None of this news bugs me, I'm on Win 10 on all my desktops/laptops.
 

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I am still unable to upgrade to Windows 10. Running Windows 8.1 64-bit on an HP Pavilion 15 laptop. I ran DISM and ended up with the following message:
 
AutoAnalysis::
FIXED: Performed DISM repair on file Amd64\CNBJ2530.DPB of version 6.3.9600.17415.
CORRUPT: C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-u..ed-telemetry-client_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.17842_none_90da81a4dac50d54\utc.app.json
CORRUPT: C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-u..ed-telemetry-client_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.17842_none_90da81a4dac50d54\telemetry.ASM-WindowsDefault.json
 
Any suggestions are appreciated.
 

Answer:Anyone know how to repair telemetry code errors?

If you want, I have the fix for it. However it doesn't help upgrading to Windows 10 at all from what I've seen so far. Doesn't hurt to try if you want.

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Is there a registry setting that would disable telemetry to Microsoft - - without creating "Some settings are managed by your organization" problem?

Answer:Registry setting to disable telemetry

It might be easier and safer if you used one of the miriad of programs that are available for free. You could try this one and see what you think.

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How to disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10

Windows 10 now comes with the telemetry feature enabled by default which collects all sorts of user activity and sends it to Microsoft. Unfortunately, Microsoft has provided no way to disable it completely using the Settings app for Home and Pro editions of Windows 10. Only Enterprise users can turn it off. Here is a solution for editions other than Enterprise to disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10.

Read the full story at Winaero
How to disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10

Myself I went back to 8.1 which I only use rarely. My main OS is 7 Ultimate.

Answer:How to disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10

you cant modify this if you are in the insider program, from what I can see..

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I have been reading reams of info on the recent moves by Microsoft to force/fool/trick users into moving to Windows 10 (the GWX debacle) and the mysterious nature of many recent Windows updates - that in reality are merely setups (and data gathering) updates designed to compromise a clean tidy Windows 7 Home or Pro install.

I have tried to keep up on the latest info to combat the issue (Hiding Windows updates, killing telemetry tracking, removing GWX stuff etc) but it seems like a losing battle as it seems every month MS ramps up more crap by changing optional updates to Recommended and finding new way to force a Win 10 setup into our lives.

One idea that I am kicking around is testing my MSDN clout and trying Win 7 Enterprise on my desktop. Is this version of Windows immune to all the above crap and can I run my machine the way I want it so I am not running rampant each month trying to kill off processes and updates I do not want.

And don't get me wrong - I have Win 10 on one machine for now and the verdict is still out whether to keep it or not - but I do not want anything to do with Win 10 on our other 4 machines at this time.

Thoughts?

Sonic.

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   Hello, I went for about 8 months without updating windows once... Yes I know I'm a dummy... and I noticed that my drivers needed updates desperately and I decided to go ahead and bite the bullet by downloading and installing all of the important updates at once. I created a restore point and did it. Now I have  GWXUX and GWX in my task manager. I used Task scheduler and disabled the two tasks associated with GWX. I also stopped a service from running that is called trkwrks or wrktrks or something that was telemetry related. I was just wondering if you had any advice for me in helping to secure my data from watchful eyes. Maybe a trusted tutorial that you know of that you could point me in the direction to. Thanks for your time 

Answer:GWXUX and other post update telemetry stuff?

How did you notice that your drivers needed updates desperately? Drivers do not need to be updated at all as long as everything is working ok with the current drivers. Updating a driver can actually introduce problems, so, only update drivers to fix or improve an issue.
 
GWX Control Panel will help, and you can find lists of "bad" windows updates that you can uninstall and then hide.

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AVG Firewall on my AVG Internet Security in interactive mode keeps asking me if I want to allow or deny something called "microsoft compatibility telemetry". I have no clue what this is. DuckDuckGo nor does Google know what this is. All that came up was various posts with that name, but nothing explaining what it was, is it safe, or if it is a spoof of some kind. What is this so called microsoft compatibility telemetry and is it safe to allow it access to the internet?

Answer:"microsoft compatibility telemetry" popping up in AVG Firewall every few hrs

Worth a read:
 
https://www.reddit.com/r/windows/comments/3ss1my/microsoft_compatibility_telemetry_what_is_it_and/  AND  http://www.neowin.net/forum/topic/1261368-microsoft-compatibility-telemetry-service/ .
 
I concur with the suggestions to leave it alone.  Seems odd that a user would want to employ an O/S devised by Microsoft...but not allow such to collect/report data back to MS....but users/members/people have some very strange ideas today.
 
The folks in BC's Firewall forum may be able to tell you why AVG alerts on it, topic moved to Firewalls.
 
Louis

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For Win 10 Pro and Home installations on a home LAN with Comcast cable ISP service, and a laptop running Win 10 Pro which travels around in the US and overseas, what tools provide comprehensive coverage to shut down Microsoft telemetry, ideally with minimal resource impact and duplication?

Thanks.

x509

Answer:what are the best tools today to totally shut down Win 10 telemetry?

Hello, you can try Spybot Antibeacon, but note that in changing these settings you must take special care to try to avoid symptoms like:
- Cortana not working
- Search in Settings not working
- Some settings are managed by your organisation appearing in Settings, perhaps in Windows Update or Privacy, General.

Like O&O Shutup, it includes a helpful button to reset to default- helps when some of the symptoms above are manifest.

Note that it seems to reapply settings after some time- I had to uncheck some I didn't want.

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Windows 10 brought us Cortana. Edge. A brand new Start Menu. Oh, and a host of new and extended ways for Microsoft to capture data on your activities.

Fortunately 2015 has also seen the growth of a whole new market for programs to turn these technologies off again, and Win10 Spy Disabler is the latest example.
The program is a sub-2MB download which unzips 32 and 64-bit executables. Just double-click the appropriate version for you, or run the 32-bit if you?re unsure.

Launch the program and it displays a list of 20+ "privacy tweaks" you can apply. Some are clearly Windows 10-specific ("Always Send DoNotTrack on IE/ Edge", "Prevent Wifi Sense from connecting to open hotspots"), others are a little more ambiguous ("Disable Telemetry & Data Collection"), and a few are standard privacy tweaks for any recent Windows version ("Disable Recent Files, Folders, Docs, Progs").

If you?re looking for fine control then this probably isn?t the program for you. "Disable Cortana, WebSearch, BingSearch" is a single option, for instance: if you only want to disable one of those, you?re out of luck.

Still, Win10 Spy Disabler does a good job of keeping you safe, by offering to create a system restore point before applying any tweaks.

There?s also a bonus "System Tweaks" tab which gives easy access to more general Windows settings: "Show Hidden and System Files", "Disable Windows Remote Assist... Read more

Answer:Shut down Windows 10 telemetry with Win10 Spy Disabler

There are so many tools available to stop Win 10 spying,it would be cool if a list is posted under one thread(and possibly reviews also).
 

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Hi, I have a question about the telemetry (spying and personal data theft) Windows updates. I have read that Microsoft created a bunch of these and want to uninstall them.

I found 3 websites that list a bunch of updates. I know how to uninstall using command prompt and "wusa", and don't plan to use any third-party batch scripts, I will do it all manually.

My question is whether these 3 sources are reliable/safe sources of lists of which updates to uninstall, or of there's some update they list that I really should not remove (because it's necessary for security or fixing a bug, or not actually telemetry/spyware nor altering the computer to prepare it to "upgrade" to Windows 10). These are the 3 sources I am asking about:

https://gist.github.com/xvitaly/eafa75ed2cb79b3bd4e9
https://www.hackread.com/microsoft-updates-spy-on-windows7-8-users/
https://freedomhacker.net/latest-windows-7-8-81-update-spy-windows-10-4568/
 

Answer:How to Uninstall Telemetry/Spyware Windows Updates?

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I've posted this question on Reddit and wasn't able to get a definitive answer.
Anyway, I've read in a few places that Telemetry can be completely disabled on Windows 10 Education. I am able to set it to 0 via gpedit but I'm not sure if it's disabled completely or not.
The gpedit entry does state the following: "Setting a value of 0 is applicable to enterprise and server devices only. Setting a value of 0 for other devices is equivalent to choosing a value of 1."
When I've read about the differences between 10 Enterprise and 10 Education, I've never seen anything about Telemetry mentioned. The only differences I can find are the watermark on the desktop and Education not being able to use LTSB.
How can I tell if 10 Education behaves like 10 Enterprise in regards to setting Telemetry to 0 (disables it completely) or like 10 Pro (sends basic info regardless of setting it to 0)?

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For Win 10 Pro and Home installations on a home LAN with Comcast cable ISP service, and a laptop running Win 10 Pro which travels around in the US and overseas, what tools provide comprehensive coverage to shut down Microsoft telemetry, ideally with minimal resource impact and duplication?

Thanks.

x509

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AVG Firewall on my AVG Internet Security in interactive mode keeps asking me if I want to allow or deny something called "microsoft compatibility telemetry". I have no clue what this is. DuckDuckGo nor does Google know what this is. All that came up was various posts with that name, but nothing explaining what it was, is it safe, or if it is a spoof of some kind. What is this so called microsoft compatibility telemetry and is it safe to allow it access to the internet?

Answer:"microsoft compatibility telemetry" popping up in AVG Firewall every few hrs

Worth a read:
 
https://www.reddit.com/r/windows/comments/3ss1my/microsoft_compatibility_telemetry_what_is_it_and/  AND  http://www.neowin.net/forum/topic/1261368-microsoft-compatibility-telemetry-service/ .
 
I concur with the suggestions to leave it alone.  Seems odd that a user would want to employ an O/S devised by Microsoft...but not allow such to collect/report data back to MS....but users/members/people have some very strange ideas today.
 
The folks in BC's Firewall forum may be able to tell you why AVG alerts on it, topic moved to Firewalls.
 
Louis

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I read about this tip to remove one kind of telemetry from Windows 7. It's from AskVG.com:






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Our reader "Xircal" shared some useful information with us. Even if the user opts out of the CEIP program, another task called "Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser" continues to relay data to Microsoft via a log file called "AutoLogger-Diagtrack-Listener.etl" present in "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Diagnosis\ETLLogs\AutoLogger\" folder.

You can disable this Compatibility Appraiser task using following steps:

1. Press WIN+R keys together to launch RUN dialog box, type regedit in RUN and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\WMI\AutoLogger\AutoLogger-Diagtrack-Listener

In right-side pane, change the value of Start DWORD to 0 to turn off the auto logger program.

3. Again go to following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\WMI\Autologger\AutoLogger-Diagtrack-Listener\{DD17FA14-CDA6-7191-9B61-37A28F7A10DA}

In right-side pane, look for the DWORD Enabled. Its value would be set to 1 by default. Double-click on the DWORD and change its value from a 1 to 0 to disable the task.

Restart your computer to take effect.


Besides not contributing to Microsoft's massive volume of collected data, are there any downsides to following this tip? Does it break anything (except sending telemetry data to Microsoft)?

Answer:Is this a good tip to remove one kind of telemetry from Windows 7?

See related post: Updates without rollups

Doesn't break anything for me.

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I'm going to have to do a couple of fresh Win 7 installs. Is there a checked and validated guide on bringing a fresh Win 7 SP1 install up to date while avoiding all the telemetry, Win 10 upgrade prompts and any other crap Microsoft kept shoving down on Win 7 users?

I know there are integrated 3rd party ISOs out there but I'm a bit wary of such builds as one can never really know if there is something malicious inserted, so a guide using official sources would be preferred, but as a last resort a popular and checked by many all-in-one solution could be an option.
 

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I have read that office also does telemetry collection.

This can be seen, for example, here: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...ffice.16).aspx

I have tried to search this and find how to completely disable office telemetry without uninstalling it. Unfortunately all I can find is how to prevent telemetry from windows update.

Can someone help-me on this?

Answer:How to disable office 2016 telemetry or how to check it.

A quick search of the linked documents shows the configuration options - https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...6%29#configure

In the group policy bit it looks pretty straight forward to turn telemetry collection off.

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I'be been having a problem with very high disk usage on my HP Envy. It usually shows up at startup and stays like that for 15 min at 100% which makes startup very slow. I've tried removing startup programs but the problem seems to be unrelated to which programs are running at startup. The bigger problem is random high disk usage throughout the day after startup. It usually is caused by the Windows Compatibility Telemetry process. I've tried all the different ways of removing this feature from windows but it keeps coming back. I'm uploading screenshots of my disk performance with telemetry on and after ending the process. I'm posting on this forum because this problem seems to related to this Laptop alone. None of the other non-hp computers at my work are experiencing these problems with Windows 10.     

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Have registered for insider preview builds but when I click on the settings and try to get builds I find this message displayed: your organisation manages Insider Preview builds through a telemetry Group Policy setting. How do I overcome this so that I can receive any further builds. Any help would be appreciated but not too technical please.
Thank you

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http://news.softpedia.com/news/micr...lemetry-update-for-windows-7-pcs-508991.shtml

Believe it or not, one of the updates that made it possible for Microsoft to bring the Get Windows 10 nagware app on so many Windows 7 computers is back, this time without a clear reason.

KB2952664 landed on Windows 7 PCs on October 4, and Microsoft hasn?t yet provided us with information on why exactly it re-released this patch given the fact that it doesn?t seem to bring any notable changes.

According to the official KB page, this update is only supposed to improve the upgrade experience to Windows 10, but given the fact that free upgrades are no longer available, it?s hard to believe that this makes sense for anyone.



Telemetry update
On the other hand, it?s important to note that this is a telemetry update, so it helps Microsoft collect information on compatibility issues that might be experienced during the upgrade to Windows 10.

?This update performs diagnostics on the Windows systems that participate in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program. These diagnostics help determine whether compatibility issues may be encountered when the latest Windows operating system is installed. This update will help Microsoft and its partners ensure compatibility for customers who want to install the latest Windows operating system,? the official KB page reads.

And, of course, users have already started asking questions about this new update, with some believing th... Read more

Answer:Microsoft Re-Releases KB2952664 Telemetry Update for Windows 7 PCs

Probably intentional to get more users to upgrade to Windows 10.
 

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O&O ShutUp10 Receives New Features to Block Windows 10 Data Collection
​O&O ShutUp10, an application that can disable all data collection processes in Windows 10 and turn off a little more than the options you see in the Settings screen of the operating system.

And thanks to an update released today, the program is even more effective, as it fixes a number of bugs but also introduces some new options.

New options:
O&O ShutUp10 1.3.1355 now comes with an option to disable the Network Connectivity Status Indicator (NCSI) and the Wi-Fi sense for all or just the currently logged-in user. Wi-Fi Sense is a Windows 10 feature that allows your device to automatically connect to wireless networks that have previously been used by your friends on Facebook, Outlook.com, or Skype.
Passwords for these networks are securely transmitted between contacts on Windows 10, so this way, you can remain connected all the time when known networks are discovered.
The same version of the app also comes with improvements to the SmartScreen filter, but also several other bug fixes, so in case you?ve experienced issues with a previous release, this is the right moment to update.
Remember that Microsoft does not recommend anyone to turn to such apps because they could affect the performance and reliability of the operating system. Some features might be disabled, including Windows Update, which is a critical service to make sure that your computer is fully protected against th... Read more

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As of December 9, 2016, are there any current Windows Update patches for Windows 7 that perhaps should not be installed due to privacy or telemetry issues?

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Windows KB2952664 and KB2976978 telemetry updates re-released (again)

Microsoft re-released the Windows 7 telemetry update KB2952664 and the Windows 8.1 telemetry update KB2976978 yesterday... these updates as they were the prerequisites for Microsoft's infamous Get Windows 10 (GWX) campaign that haunted users who did not want to upgrade to Windows 10 for almost a year.
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http://www.ghacks.net/2017/02/10/kb2652664-and-kb2976978-telemetry-updates-re-released-again/
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http://www.infoworld.com/article/3168397/microsoft-windows/microsoft-re-releases-snooping-patches-kb-2952664-kb-2976978.html

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I have been reading reams of info on the recent moves by Microsoft to force/fool/trick users into moving to Windows 10 (the GWX debacle) and the mysterious nature of many recent Windows updates - that in reality are merely setups (and data gathering) updates designed to compromise a clean tidy Windows 7 Home or Pro install.

I have tried to keep up on the latest info to combat the issue (Hiding Windows updates, killing telemetry tracking, removing GWX stuff etc) but it seems like a losing battle as it seems every month MS ramps up more crap by changing optional updates to Recommended and finding new way to force a Win 10 setup into our lives.

One idea that I am kicking around is testing my MSDN clout and trying Win 7 Enterprise on my desktop. Does anyone know if Is this version of Windows is immune to all the above crap?

And don't get me wrong - I have Win 10 on one machine for now and the verdict is still out whether to keep it or not - but we are Windows 7 for the forseeable and do not want anything to do with Win 10 on our other 4 machines at this time.

Thoughts?

VP

Answer:Win 10 Nagware/Telemetry via WU - Win7 Enterprise version immune?

As long as you read what each update does you`ll be fine, don`t like the update, just hide it. Simple.

There`s nothing else we can do.

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Hello,

before week Microsoft released these January updates:
KB3108664
KB3109560
KB3110329
KB3121212
KB3121918
KB3123479
KB3124000
KB3124001

And my question is. Are these updates safe and clean without any Microsoft telemetry or Enforcement upgrade W10? Thank you in advance.

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I want to make this part of my unattended install:
https://gist.github.com/matthewjberg...a34e597f457b7f

I am following a guide on how to customise windows 10. I have at least my storage drivers since they are compatible between windows 7 & 10. I have a copy of windows 10 pro and an activation code. I'm using NTlite to customise the .wim files. However the guy who wrote the guide said my question on how to use this script in my install was better asked elsewhere.


FYI this is the guide I speak of:
https://www.win-raid.com/t750f25-Gui...Win-image.html

Answer:Integrate popular windows telemetry disabler into win10 install ISO?

@Kari may be able to recommend an approach. He knows more about dropping interesting third-party stuff into image customization and Sysprep than anybody else I know. Maybe he'll chime in, once he gets his misbehaving laptop running again...?
--Ed--

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I want to make this part of my unattended install:
https://gist.github.com/matthewjberg...a34e597f457b7f

I am following a guide on how to customise windows 10. I have at least my storage drivers since they are compatible between windows 7 & 10. I have a copy of windows 10 pro and an activation code. I'm using NTlite to customise the .wim files. However the guy who wrote the guide said my question on how to use this script in my install was better asked elsewhere.


FYI this is the guide I speak of:
https://www.win-raid.com/t750f25-Gui...Win-image.html

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Hi guys,

I usually run Trend Micro but decided to watch back end traffic coming from the core system files of Trend Micro. I found Trend Micro is sending constant telemetry to marketing and/or datamining firms.

Examining the data it appears they send system activity and websites visited to a couple different firms including Scorecardresearch. If I block these domains/IP addresses Trend Micro functions normally with no apparent issues. However they seem to change up where the data is sent on an irregular basis.

This is quite alarming to me, and I am thinking of uninstalling it. Thoughts?
 

Answer:Why does Trend Micro send telemetry to data mining firms?

there are some possibilities like it can be a link that one of your services is trying to access and trend is scanning it.
 

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I wrote a quick batch script to disable some of the Windows 10 telemetry.

It's interactive, safe*, and easy to use.


Download Link: Script


I'm working on a more comprehensive application to control the telemetry in windows 10. A true C++ application, but there's a lot more testing to be done before I can share that.



* Safe, but some options are permanent.

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Microsoft Re-Releases KB2652664, KB2976978 Telemetry Updates for Windows 7/8.1

Microsoft has silently re-released two Windows telemetry updates that were linked to the infamous Get Windows 10 (GWX) app that the company pushed to Windows 7 and 8.1 users in mid-2015 to prepare the migration to Windows 10.

The company, however, does not disclose what exactly is new in KB2952664 for Windows 7 and KB 2976978 for Windows 8.1, providing just a generic description that doesn?t say much about their purpose.

?This update performs diagnostics on the Windows systems that participate in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program. The diagnostics evaluate the compatibility status of the Windows ecosystem, and help Microsoft to ensure application and device compatibility for all updates to Windows. There is no GWX or upgrade functionality contained in this update,? the company says on the KB page.
The two updates are currently listed as optional and it?s not known if the company wants to promote them to the important branch next week when it releases this month?s Patch Tuesday updates.

Telemetry updates
What?s also important to know is that these updates are supposed to be shipped to users in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program and are listed as compatibility updates for keeping Windows up-to-date.

In the past, the two updates were linked with telemetry data collection in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, and they launched a Windows task identified as Do... Read more

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So much for Microsoft's "we won't sell your data to third parties".

http://betanews.com/2016/11/24/microsoft-shares-windows-10-telemetry-data-with-third-parties/
 

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Microsoft Re-Releases Windows Telemetry Updates KB2952664 and KB2976978

Even though this month?s Patch Tuesday was delayed, Microsoft rolled out non-security Office updates this week, targeting both Office 2013 and Office 2016 with a total of 17 patches.

But what?s more interesting is that this week, the company also re-released two patches there were previously linked to telemetry data collection in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

First and foremost, the Office patches. Microsoft shipped 5 different updates for Office 2013, with dedicated patches for OneDrive, Project, and Visio. Then, there?s Office 2016, which is getting not only general patches, but also updates that are specifically aimed at Access, OneDrive for Business, PowerPoint, Project, Publisher, and Visio, bringing the total count to 12 updates.

Telemetry patches
In addition to these Office updates, Microsoft is also re-releasing KB2952664 and KB2976978 for Windows 7 and 8.1, respectively for a reason that?s not yet known.

As Woody Leonhard of InfoWorld notes, these updates first showed up at a time when everyone was struggling to deal with the infamous Get Windows 10 (GWX) app, though Microsoft specifically mentions that they are not related to this application in any way.

Their official KB pages indeed indicate that both updates were re-released on March 7, while their descriptions point out that only users who are part of the Windows Consumer Experience Improvement Program should get them.

?This u... Read more

Answer:Microsoft Re-Releases Windows Telemetry Updates KB2952664 and KB2976978

Exterminator said:


But what?s more interesting is that this week, the company also re-released two patches there were previously linked to telemetry data collection in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1Click to expand...

no big deal now , the CIA will own you (eventually)
 

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We knew this already, but a nice read nevertheless!!

Like many of you, I am concerned about the telemetry, spying and other surveillance features, known or unknown, of Windows 10. It has concerned me enough to push me to Linux Mint as my main operating system. Even so, I wanted to better understand Windows 10, but internet search results for a decent windows 10 traffic analysis leave a lot to be desired. As such, I decided to do my own investigating on what, exactly, Windows 10 is doing traffic-wise, and post the results. For this analysis, I wanted to simply analyse the network traffic of Windows 10 on a clean install, and just let it sit and run without using it.

What I have done for this analysis:
I have installed DD-WRT on a router connected to the internet and configured remote logging to the Linux Mint laptop in #2.
I have installed Linux Mint on a laptop, and setup rsyslog to accept remote logging from the DD-WRT router.
I have installed Virtualbox on the Linux Mint laptop, and installed Windows 10 EnterprisePNG on Virtualbox. I have chosen the customized installation option where I disabled three pages of tracking options.
I have configured the DD-WRT router to drop and log all connection attempts via iptables through the DD-WRT router by Windows 10 Enterprise.
Aside from installing Windows 10 Enterprise, and verifying the internet connection through ipconfig and ping yahoo.com, I have not used the Windows 10 installation at all (the basis for the first part of th... Read more

Answer:Even With Telemetry Disabled, Windows 10 Talks To Dozens of Microsoft Servers

Of course it does,following their new motto "Microsoft as a service"
 

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For those who don't mind sending telemetry to MS, skip this post. For all others...

I happened to be in Task Scheduler for something completely unrelated, and noticed MS had setup tasks to send telemetry about my computer to MS, even though I had opted out of doing so when I installed W7. These tasks were located in the "Customer Experience Improvement Program" folder under Microsoft/Windows branch in the Task Scheduler Library tree. Digging into this, it turns out a KB update issued 4th quarter 2015 ignores your privacy settings and sets up tasks to send telemetry anyway. (See Forbes article link below.)

Forbes Welcome

To check this on my machines, I went to the original setting for CEIP and saw it was indeed set to NOT participate... you can see by going to Control Panel -> Action Center -> click hyperlink at left to "Change Action Center settings", then in the new window, look at the bottom for the hyperlink that says "Customer Experience Improvement Program setting" ... and see if it is set to NOT participate (as mine was).

Now go into Task Scheduler and into the folder of the same name under MS/Windows... and see if there aren't 2 or 3 enabled tasks... in the description in the lower part of the window, you will see the tasks are for CEIP and involve sending telemetry.

After disabling those tasks, I also found three other folders setup to send telemetry, apparently (as per the article above and others sources I read) from other KB... Read more

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I have been noticing lately a lot of people keep asking the same question on how to prevent the Windows 10 upgrade so here is a list of updates that need to be hidden in order to prevent the Windows 10 Upgrade or prevent updates that enable Telemetry, some of them are system preparation for the upgrade so you may not find them all in your updates list until a pre-requistie update was installed before.

If doing a clean installation of Windows 7 or 8, you need to scan the list of updates carefully everytime updates appear to ensure none of them re-appears as Micro$h4ft has been showing some of them again even if you hide them.

If you have already installed Windows and did a few updates, then head over to Control Panel > Programs and Features > View Installed Updates then go from the top to the bottom through the list to ensure none of them is installed, if you do find one installed, then uninstall it, reboot, then check for updates and once it appears right click on it and hide it.

These Windows 10 upgrade activation updates are like a virus really, only thing is, it's a legit virus

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First of all, for Windows 7 users, let's install the Disable IE 10 and IE 11 toolkit in order for them to not showup in Windows Updates because if one installs them, he would get KB2670838 installed automatically as they come bundled with them which will break the AERO functionality on many systems and/or display blur... Read more

Answer:Windows7/8 - Updates To Hide To Prevent Windows 10 Upgrade / Disable Telemetry

People can simplify it by using he GWX Control Panel
 

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Question: article

Read this article, I found it quiet amazing.
http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1832180,00.asp

Answer:article

OOOOOOOOOOK...hasn't this been posted before?

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http://www.bigbruin.com/techtip.php?file=005

Should clear up any of the mis-informed

Answer:LCD vs. CRT Article

thanks for the tip!

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Question: SP3 Article

Anyone having probs with SP3 may be interested in this article: click here

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Question: article.chm

I have a teen=age pc! COMPAQ PRESARIO circa 2000. I installed a new hard drive & was loading my xp home addition. 45% of files were loaded when article.chm refused to load & I was given the following options-to retry to load article.chm hit Enter -to continue without loading article.chm(in which case xp might not work properly) hit Esc -to stop installation hit F3. After several retrials & removing my disk & cleaning as well as I could (it was in bad shape when the computer tech sent it to me after charging me $75 dollars to install xp home addition on my orgional hard drive) I opted for F3 at least until I could find out what article.chm is & if it is necessary to the operation of my pc! Then the mssg. NTLDR Is Missing appeared upon my screen when I tried to shut down pc. Is NTLDR in the last 55% of my installation disk & how detrimental is article.chm to my os xp home addition? I'm 53 & never touched a keyboard let alone a computer until 2009! It's been fun & kept me entertained as I am now physically disabled! Please help.

Answer:article.chm

Hi and welcome to TSF from what I can find it is a html help file try installing xp anyway and also make sure your cd\dvd drive is cleaned

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Question: OS article

Hello,
I need to write a 1 page review of an article about operating systems, this is a homework assignment.
where can I find an article about windows XP home edition, I have tried to google it but for the most part all I am getting is a bunch of reviews...not quite what I was hoping to get.

also, I really dont want to be pickey but PLEASE nothing from the inquirer, thanks
 

Answer:OS article

What type of article? If you aren't looking for a review, than what kind of article do you want?
 

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I found this article on Wilders....someone claiming MSE is better than Avast/AVG using this link as his referense.

http://www.insanitybit.com/2012/12/13/analyzing-antivirus-security/

I could not understand what it was about.
 

Answer:Can Anyone Tell me What this Article is about

Protecting your software (What is ASLR and DEP?) - http://www.microsoft.com/security/sir/strategy/default.aspx#!section_3_3
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2909257

Wikipedia (ASLR) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Address_space_layout_randomization
"ASLR is a computer technique involved in protection from buffer overflow attacks..."

Developers/Programmers can add these mitigation technologies into their software, but most haven't (my assumption based on the existence of EMET by Microsoft). This is why some users have EMET installed, however it may break some software functionality. However, I believe EMET has a pre-configured list (ie. Skype, Office etc.) to offer maximum compatibility.

You can enable DEP within Windows, without the need for additional software.
Computer > System Properties > Advanced > Data Execution Prevention. By default, it's set as "Turn on DEP for essential Windows programs and services only". But you can also choose the option below, which with turn on DEP for all programs/services.


Find out more about EMET - http://www.microsoft.com/emet
** EMET 5.0 supports Vista SP2 and higher.
 

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Microsoft is asking its testers what they want to see in the next version of Internet Explorer. The company notes it is currently in the research phase of the development of IE9.
With Internet Explorer 8 out for almost two months now, Microsoft has decided to ask the testers in the now closed Internet Explorer 8 Technical Beta program to start giving suggestions for the next version. IE9 is currently in the research phase, though I'm sure some early builds have already been compiled. This week, the software giant sent an e-mail to its testers with the following information:
So far, there are only 10 suggestions made on the Microsoft Connect IE page:
* IE needs a new JavaScript Engine for better performance
* Download manager with pause/resume and DL listing
* Improvement in the way IE Favorites are saved to the way I have them saved them and have them placed in IE but not the the defaulted mode of being placed Alphabetically
* Build IE 9 with WPF
* Adding a downloader program to download files and programs like firefox and not using a third party tool
* Built-in spell checker !
* Tab drag & drop between windows
* Open Feed in a new Tab option
* Bookmark Anywhere On Web Page
* Support for built in gadgets
Given the amount of flak that Microsoft receives for Internet Explorer, I'm pretty sure these 10 suggestions cannot possibly summarize everything that the company needs to work on. If you were in the beta, go ahead and start making suggestions. If you wer... Read more

Answer:Article: What do you want to see in IE9?

I'd like a simple 'paste and go' for the address box and the search bar, the way Maxthon, Opera, etc have.

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Question: A BI Article

An article found today from Business Insider, ahead of the BIG Day, tomorrow.9 Reasons...There's lots more than 9, really.
Cheers,
 

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Question: Good PSU article

I found this lurking in the Whirlpool PSU makers listings as I went looking for info on EVGA PSU's and founf this really quite good to know
PSU Makers: 0-9 And A-B - Who's Who In Power Supplies, 2013: Brands Vs. Manufacturers

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I saw in Last months edition of PCA (Nov 2006) that there was a link to a website offering the download of a plugin for Windows media player 9.0 or later. I have WMP 11 beta, have downloaded the plugin, but have no idea how to make the thing work!Could a knowledgeable forum member guide me please?Thanks :)

Answer:Help With magazine article

You should be able to ether drag it into the plug-in folder or add it through Media Player. these are the things to try

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I agree with the Vista part somewhat. But the little statement about Mac users is ridiculous.

http://www.newsweek.com/id/160064

Apple users tend to be the kind of people marketers refer to as "influencers" or "tech elites," the in-the-know folks who adopt the coolest new technology and set trendsClick to expand...

What !!!!!!!! I just lost all respect for the author right there. The massive number of computer geeks, or "leets" are PC users. They are the ones who build your computer, code your software, and push the trend of the hardware and software industry.
 

Answer:This article really got it wrong

What marketers refer to them as and reality are two different things. A lot of Apple fans do buy the latest trendy stuff out on the market. So that much at least is prolly true. That these trendy people also prolly influence the sheep to do similar is also prolly true. The fact that the majority of the "trendy elite" are, in many cases, actually computer illiterate does not change the perception that they are l33t computing g0d$. The people that frequent this place already know better than that.
However, from a marketing guru's standpoint, what was said in the article regarding what you quoted is quite reasonable. It is all about perception to the marketing dept.
 

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did you see that on how computer security is getting worse?

sometmes i think my computer has been turned into a zombie and controlled

i feel like formatting and giving up on internet
maybe microsoft plants all these bugs to make us hate xp

vista seems ok i guess but i hate it

http://www.newsmax.com/kessler/internet_botnet_threat_/2008/03/24/82567.html
 

Answer:that newsmax article

http://www.newsmax.com/kessler/internet_botnet_threat_/2008/03/24/82567.html

FBI: New Internet Threat Growing

Monday, March 24, 2008 8:29 AM

By: Ronald Kessler Article Font Size

Criminals who seize control of tens of thousands of home and office computers through what are known as "botnets" are a dramatically growing threat, Shawn Henry, deputy assistant director of the FBI’s Cyber Division, tells Newsmax.

Even hospitals and police departments may be at risk from the threat.

Since last spring, the FBI has arrested 11 individuals who allegedly infected and commandeered 1 million personal computers and turned them into robots that did their bidding, Henry says.

While the FBI has been making inroads, the number of such cyber crimes grows alarmingly each year, costing tens of billions of dollars. Consumers need to take preventive measures to minimize the danger to their computers.

Besides technical precautions like using antivirus programs, spyware protection programs, and firewall programs and keeping them updated, Henry advises computer users to think of the Internet as they would a dangerous neighborhood where their personal safety may be threatened.

“If you’re walking in a neighborhood that’s a high crime neighborhood, you have to be aware of your surroundings,” Henry says. “You don’t walk looking at your shoes and walk straight ahead. You’re aware of what’s going on. You’re looking ahead, you’re looking to your side, you hear somebody who’s wa... Read more

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Pentium 4 with Dual DDR: Endurance Test of Seven Mainboards with the Granite Bay Chipset -

http://www.tomshardware.com/mainboard/20030203/index.html

Eric,

http://www.legge40.freeserve.co.uk/BuyerBeware.htm
 

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Not a question - more a useful(?) link, which may hep some prepare properly if intending to "upgrade" to win-10...Found it linked/posted on the Skynews website - and obviously links from there to the site below.http://tinyurl.com/ptex9y3

Answer:useful article re' win-10 upgrading...

Thank you for sharing that useful resource :)

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https://www.microsoft.com/presspass/...1newsweek.mspx

What makes this really fascinating and mind blowing is the fact that it is literally from the year of 1999 when we all though our computer systems would bring the end of civilized society. It talks about technology that we have today like smartphones, smartTVs, and tablets. What makes this so interesting is how it speaks of a PC+ era where the power of the desktop PC will be everywhere and accessible to everyone and will even be in tablet form and it ends to say that the PC+ era of tablets will be the future of Microsoft...very fascinating how the article parallels perfectly with today. I honestly couldn't believe it was from 1999 because it sounded too modern and too much what Windows 8 is like.

It made me laugh a little because it started out saying that the ritual of the "PC is dead" is going on again that that fewer PCs might be shipped globally.

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Favouring Defender.
How should I protect my Windows PC from malware and viruses? | Technology | The Guardian

Answer:Interesting AV article

Interesting but his comment about Admin accounts is strange. He wrote

“Second, run Windows as a standard user, not as an administrator. (MacOS and Linux users already do this.) Running as a standard user may eliminate 90% of threats.”

Since even Admin user accounts are initially logged in using Standard level user tokens rather than Admin level user tokens, how can it make any difference? Surely his comment only applies to network admin accounts as they can routinely be set up to run with their Admin tokens.

MS removed their warnings about running in Admin accounts in June 2013.

Denis

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hi, i have a blog. i am going to post a article on there. when i highlight a word and want to make a clickable word, i highlight the word, then i go to the icon which says inert/edit link, but when i click on that icon, nothing happens. what suppose to happen is a box would come up for me to insert a link.
i have the lastest version of wp and i have windows 7.
can anyone help?

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Question: Crapware Article

Interesting article on those big download sites
click here

Answer:Crapware Article

Thanks

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http://www.systweak.com/winreg/winreg.htm
 

Answer:Check out this Article!!

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This article pretty much sums up my experience with the WIndows Developer Preview so far. What do you think?
http://www.extremetech.com/computing/96249-5-deal-breaking-flaws-in-windows-8

Answer:This article sums it up for me...

Yup, happen to agree. I think Windows 8 is gearing up to be a epic fail. It would be one thing if this was a new operating system for phones/tablets, but to market towards the desktop user is a horrible mistake. I have to agree with earlier sentiments and say Windows 7 is going to be the new Windows XP, people will be hard pressed to switch from it.

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Just lately, I can't comment on any article. Also sometimes posting question on forum doesn't work. Is it the OS problem or just this Windows Central app problem?

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http://www.computerworld.com/softwaretopics/software/story/0,10801,95540,00.html

App tests for Win XP SP2 burden users
Most delay installing XP security update

News Story by Carol Sliwa

AUGUST 30, 2004 (COMPUTERWORLD) - Microsoft Corp.'s Service Pack 2 is an important security-focused update for corporate users running Windows XP. But in the three weeks since its release, it's been a tough pill for many to swallow, as they struggle to test tens, hundreds and, in some cases, at least 1,000 applications against it.

Only two of 32 IT managers who responded last week to a Computerworld survey conducted via e-mail and telephone said their companies had deployed SP2, and in both cases they did so as part of Microsoft early-adopter programs. The majority said they're still testing SP2 to determine its compatibility with the applications their companies run.

"As we get closer to the holidays, we don't make changes of this significance because we don't want to disrupt our environment so close to our peak season," said Mike Jones, CIO at Circuit City Stores Inc. "While I'm happy to see that Microsoft has put out SP2 in response to known issues and weaknesses over time, it just doesn't work out timing-wise for us."

Jones said the Richmond, Va.-based retailer won't deploy SP2 until the first or second quarter of next year. And he was hardly alone in determining that the SP2 deployment will have to wait at least four mont... Read more

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i am unable to setup my wireless network, my other computers and laptop are all fine.. my route is a replacement for the olld one.

Acer: aspire one, laptop mini 10"
when i click on the icon for wireless network, : view all wireless network, i get a blank page...

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Microsoft accused of adding spy features to Windows 7, 8 | Ars Technica

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